Hometown/State: Marshville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Multidisciplinary Studies-International Studies(concentrations in the Middle East and Sustainable Development)/Multidisciplinary Studies-Religious Studies
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to come to ECU because I felt like the professors and other people working here really cared about the students on a personal level. They all seemed like they really wanted to know and help you individually. Since being here, I have found this to be true, and I really appreciate knowing that I can talk to my professors and the director of our program if I need anything, and I feel like they really care about my well being. It truly is a large school with the community feeling of a small school.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
With the financial burden of college lifted, I have been able to focus more on my studies and I am able to become involved in other activities. I volunteer at the Little Willie center which is a program that mentors and tutors underprivileged youth. The scholarship made it much easier to study abroad, and I have done so twice while at the University. The summer folliwing my first year, I participated on a program led by, Dr. Maher, a religious studies professor, to India. We visited sacred sites throughout Northern India. Additionally, I spent my entire third year and following summer in Morocco. I attended Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane throughout the academic year, and in the Summer I was in Rabat doing an intensive Arabic program.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Through our EC scholars seminar sophomore year, we participated in community-based research with various professors throughout the university. The program I assisted with was seeing the impact of an afterschool arts program impacted students at a local afterschool program.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Through the classes we are required to take, we have been introduced to many organizations throughout the university, and potential opportunities for leadership. Through my volunteering at the Little Willie Center, I was given the opportunity to be a lead teacher throughout my sophomore year. I was the head tetacher for first graders, and would work with them three times a week.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I hope to travel to different parts of the world, and help the people in those respective countries. I am not sure how I want this to happen, but I want to try and remember to stay in touch with the culture and values of the people who I am helping. I have become particularly interested in Sustainable Development and issues concerning women.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I feel that I have made a positive impact at East Carolina University by becoming involved in different service activities in the community. I spend a large amount of time each week at the Little Willie Center, and this year I am also meeting with several students, assisting with their English as they assist me with my Arabic study.